Covert Text File to CSV in Python

Isaac Tony Oct 10, 2023
Covert Text File to CSV in Python

Pandas offers a range of functions, among which is the ability to convert a text file to a CSV file.

To get started, we first need to install the pandas using Anaconda. Alternatively, pandas can also be installed using the pip package manager on Windows, as shown below.

pip install pandas


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Once the installation is done, we need to import the pandas package into our code using the import statement.

This then gives us access to the Pandas I/O API, which has both reader and writer functions.

Before implementing the reader function, we need to take note of the path to the file location. The path is often similar to the one below with variations depending on where the file is located in your computer.

# python 3

On the other hand, we also need to determine the location that the new CSV file that will be generated will be stored, as this is one common argument passed to the writer function.

In addition, the name of the CSV file also needs to be determined beforehand. This location may be similar to the one below depending on where you want the new CSV file to be stored.


Once we have all this in place, it is now the right time to write the two functions: a reader function to read the text file into our current workspace and a writer function to convert the text to CSV format.

Example Codes:

# python 3.x
import pandas as pd

file = pd.read_csv(r"C:\Users\tonyloi\Desktop\sample.txt")
new_csv_file = file.to_csv(r"C:\Users\tonyloi\Desktop\sample_csv_file.csv")

Executing the code above creates a new CSV file named sample_csv_file.csv at the specified location.

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